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Drug War Chronicle #741 - July 5, 2012

1. Mexico's Drug War Version 2.0 [FEATURE]

Mexico's president-elect is going to rejigger the way the country prosecutes its war on the drug cartels, but no radical changes are apparent.

2. Mexico President-Elect Wants Drug Legalization Talks

Mexico's next president has joined the ever growing chorus of Latin American leaders calling for a serious discussion of drug legalization, even as he announced he would continue to fight the drug war in Mexico.

3. Colombia High Court Okays Drug Decriminalization

It's official: Colombia has re-decriminalized the possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use.

4. Did You Know? Federal Expenditures on the Drug War, from DrugWarFacts.org

DrugWarFacts.org, a publication of Common Sense for Drug Policy, is an in-depth compilation of key facts, stats and quotes on the full range of drug policy issues, excerpted from expert publications on the subjects. The Chronicle is running a series of info items from DrugWarFacts.org -- check them out!

5. Medical Marijuana Update

California continues to have conniptions over medical marijuana, a scientific review finds marijuana's Schedule I status "untenable," and much, much more.

6. Two-Thirds of Canadians Say Decriminalize Marijuana

A solid majority of Canadians want to decriminalize marijuana possession, even as the national government heads in the opposite direction.

7. Nevada Drug Dog Troopers Allege Official Misconduct

There's a whole lot of nastiness going on inside the Nevada Highway Patrol's drug dog program, and now a lawsuit by disgruntled troopers is revealing some highly questionable policing.

8. Puerto Rico Narcotics Officer Ambushed, Killed

A Puerto Rican narcotics officer becomes the year's 29th drug war fatality after being ambushed in his vehicle Tuesday night.

9. Five More US Drug War Deaths

Here are five more people who died in recent weeks in law enforcement operations related to drug law enforcement.

10. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A crooked narc scandal in Florida just keeps on giving, a sticky-fingered Kansas City cop goes to jail, a former Arizona cop is in trouble for stealing pain pills, and an Arizona ICE agent cops to providing info to the cartels.
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